Sept. 10, 2010
WACO, Texas – Baylor women’s tennis head coach Joey Scrivano enters the 2010-11 season riding a streak of six consecutive Big 12 titles and six straight NCAA appearances, and has assembled one of the toughest schedules in collegiate tennis.
“Our philosophy hasn't changed,” Scrivano said. “We are going to play the best, most competitive schedule in the country, year in and year out.”
The Bears will get the season underway with a host of fall tournaments, beginning with a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Roberta Allison Fall Classic from Sept. 24-26. From there, Baylor will head west to play in the nine-day ITA/Riviera All-American in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Oct. 2-10.
Next, Baylor will be back in Waco for one of two fall tournaments at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Lady Bears host the USTA/ITA Texas Regional on Oct. 22-26 to try to qualify for the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate Indoor in Flushing, N.Y., on Nov. 4-7. BU will also host the annual HEB Baylor Invitational on Nov. 5-7, before concluding its fall schedule with the U.S. Intercollegiate Clay Courts in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 12-14.
After the winter break, Baylor will return for its last tournament before opening dual-match play at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., on Jan. 14-16.
In dual-match play, the Lady Bears will face some of the fiercest competition in the country, taking on 14 ranked teams among its 21 known opponents. Among those, five are ranked in the nation’s top 10 according to the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll of the 2009-10 season.
“We have a very deep and experienced team that embraces the challenge of playing against the elite teams in the nation,” Scrivano said. “This year’s schedule will provide our players with plenty of opportunities to grow and develop. The highlight of our spring schedule is hosting the Big 12 Championship.”
The Bears will play host to Alabama, Rice and Oklahoma State for the National Team Indoors Qualifier on Jan. 29-30. The Lady Bears will take on Alabama in the opening dual-match, and should BU win, they will take on the winner of Rice-OSU for a chance to play in the National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 18-20.
With a home dual-match with No. 2-ranked Florida between the team indoor tournaments, Baylor will then face Fresno State and Missouri, before starting one of the toughest stretches of the season. Beginning on March 6, BU will take on No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 UCLA and No. 10 Miami in an eight-day stretch.
Kentucky, Kansas State and Kansas precede another stretch of six consecutive ranked teams for the Lady Bears. Baylor hosts No. 29 SMU, then travels to play No. 62 OSU and No. 42 Oklahoma, before returning to Waco for No. 16 Texas. A one-match road trip to No. 11 Clemson precedes a two-match Big 12 homestand with No. 35 Nebraska and Iowa State.
A tough road stretch looms next with trips to Evanston, Ill., to take on No. 7 Northwestern, Boulder, Colo., to take on No. 72 CU and College Station, Texas, for the NO. 37 Aggies.
Baylor will finish the regular season with Texas Tech at the BU Tennis Center as the final tuneup before hosting the 2010 Big 12 Championship on April 28-May 1. The Lady Bears will enter the conference tournament as the five-time defending champions.